Why Automation and Robotics?

Why is Automation and Robotics worth studying?Industrial growth today is dependent on the development of new technologies. There are very few types of studies which prepare one for not only the use but also the development of modern technologies. Automation and Robotics is undoubtedly one of them. Its graduates will be well-prepared for designing, starting and operating automated systems and for the installation and operation of automated production stands, particularly those equipped in industrial robots in, for instance, modern automotive industry, aircraft industry, electronics, aeronautics and machine buiding industry. A graduate will also be able to use and program standard computer equipment as well as digital controllers and connect them to various devices.If you have a look at Streszczenie raportu o zapotrzebowaniu gospodarki na absolwentów szkół wyższych kierunków matematycznych, przyrodniczych i technicznych (A summary of a report on the economy’s demand for maths, science and engineering graduates), you will see on page 8 how much our economy needs you; in other words, how easily you will find a job.You will also find Automation and Robotics in a Ministry of Science and Higher Education program called "studies in demand". Among other solutions, this program postulates high scholarships to motivate people to begin studies. Why study it here at NCU? 

  • NCU’s Automation and Robotics means a choice of two specializations: microprocessor systems or automation of machinery and manufacturing processes.
  • NCU’s Faculty of Physics, Astronomy and Informatics was the first to introduce engineering studies at a university. It has run Technical Physics for 8 years, which one can graduate with an engineer diploma or an MA in engineering. The first engineer-graduates left university in 2004.
  • Core courses of the program are subjects closely related to modern technologies, such as analog and digital systems, microprocessor and microprocessor technology, microprocessor systems and controllers, automatics of drives, computer control systems, programmable logical devices, hardware description languages (VHDL), signal processors.
  • Apart from specialized courses, the program covers also a big cluster of computer courses, general-technical subjects, economics and industrial practice (apprenticeship).
  • The Faculty, together with the Self-Government of Toruń, has opened modern classrooms: Computer Control Systems and Drives Laboratory, Microprocessor System and Programmable Logical Device Laboratory, Data Transmission Laboratory, Laboratory of Distributed Systems, Machine and Robot Lab.
  • The university has signed cooperation agreements with Research and Development Center for Drive Control Devices and Apator S.A.; both are local companies. The agreements cover research cooperation and support for young people through scholarships for doctoral students.
  • The Faculty cares for the academic development of young people in its technical branch; young graduates who are students of the doctoral studies are preparing their doctorates for their defense at technical schools of higher education.
  • In 2008/2009 the top 10 first year students of Automation and Robotics have been receiving high grants as a result of the above-mentioned project called "studies in demand".

What can I do after graduation? Automation and Robotics graduates are sure not to be looking for a job; employers will be looking for them. They can count on being employed as: 

  • specialists in branches of economy where production ad services are based to a large degree on automated systems
  • specialists in branches of economy where one has to be able to program microprocessors
  • lab workers and staff of research centers introducing modern technologies

The graduates of Automation of Machinery and Manufacturing Processes have knowledge on automation and control theory, drives, machine and robot control systems whereas the graduates of Microprocessor Systems have knowledge of microprocessors and signal processors, programmable logical devices , microprocessor programing and FPGA or CPLD systems. The graduates of both will have excellent academic preparation in computer making and programming, as well as electronics and computer metrology.